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Grateful Dead Live at The Ark on 1969-04-23

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Grateful Dead Live at The Ark on 1969-04-23

Set 1:
d1t01 - Introduction
d1t02 - He Was A Friend Of Mine
d1t03 - Dark Star ->
d1t04 - St. Stephen ->
d1t05 - It's A Sin ->
d1t06 - St. Stephen ->
d1t07 - Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t08 - Drums ->
d1t09 - The Other One ->
d1t10 - Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t11 - Sittin' On Top Of The World ->
d1t12 - Turn On Your Lovelight

Set 2:
d2t01 - Morning Dew
d2t02 - Hard To Handle
d2t03 - Doin' That Rag
d2t04 - Alligator ->
d2t05 - Drums ->
d2t06 - Jam ->
d2t07 - The Eleven ->
d2t08 - Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->
d2t09 - Feedback ->
d2t10 - And We Bid You Good Night

d3t01 - Not Fade Away tease
d3t02 - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Ark
Location Boston, MA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Cassette -> Dat -> CD D
Lineage CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Seamless disc change between discs 2 and 3
-- Brutal tape flip between St. Stephen and It's A Sin
-- Tape flip during The Eleven
-- Tape flip between Caution and Feedback


Reviewer: Joe Furthurman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2013
Subject: Uncle Charlie
Charlie Miller is kickin'in High Cotton~~
furthurman [[gratefuldead]] ~
Reviewer: atomicon3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2010
Subject: YES!!!
Stop what you are doing and record this!!!
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2009
Subject: ForeverKeepThisOne
note to self: hits every spot inside me for that Pigpen fix...Jerry climbs like an full of that funk I crave

play when I feel lonely ... this one will always make my head bop and bring me some foot boogie
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 23, 1969 at the Ark, Boston, MA, U.S.A.


"This day in GRATEFUL DEAD history"

Well, I couldn't be at the Ark in Boston in 69, but I showed up today...40 years later. Glad I did...amazing recording quality, amazing performances of all our favorite songs from the 69' set list.

I downloaded the other version of this show, but I wanted this one because it's a Charlie Miller transfer.

Super 69' Soundboard!

Get all the Ark shows, April 21, 22, & 23, 1969.

"Classic 69' Sound".

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection. Charlie Miller did it again, another "Audio Masterpiece".

5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer.

Hey Man? It's a Charlie Miller transfer, I highly recommend you click on Charlie Miller's name and collect all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he's got some keepers.

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1969

The music of the GRATEFUL DEAD lives, thanks to Charlie Miller.

PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the "Man" giveth and the "Man" taketh away...WTTW

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Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Stellar
Thanks Charlie, one of my favorite Cautions.
Reviewer: average_joe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2009
Subject: Any Other Instances...
Where the Boys play a Morning Dew, Hard To Handle,
Doin' That Rag, Alligator> Drums> Jam> The Eleven> Caution(Do Not Stop On Tracks)? I found this to be well played and a very refreshing break from the standard '69 Dark Star>St. Stephens> Eleven jam.

Even the 1st set Dark Star> St. Stephen> It's A Sin> St. Stephen> Cryptical Envelopment> Drums>
The Other One> Cryptical Envelopment> Sittin' On Top Of The World was a different meshing of tunes that I really enjoyed. There is a nasty cut in St. Stephen> It's a Sin, but that sort of thing does happen occasionally and has been dealt with accordingly.

In my opinion this show is outstanding and is very, very close behind the excellence of 11/8/69. Which in my listening experience is the pinnacle of '69. Definitely a top 5 for the year in my book.

Reviewer: SkyDawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2009
Subject: "This Is The Best Rock and Roll Band In THE WHOLE WORLD!"
You gotta love the guy who introduces the band. After introducing the Dead on 4/21/69 as "some guys from the West Coast" he had a change of attitude by the time this, the third show of the run came around. You can hear Jerry saying "the guy's gonna make a little speech" before the guy apologizes, and announces the Grateful Dead as "the best fucking rock and roll band in THE WHOLE WORLD!" after which Bobby remarks "at your service!"
The Dead lay rock and roll aside for a moment and open the show with a long folky "He Was A Friend Of Mine", a rare opener. After that an audience request for Morning Dew gets a "No!,Fuck you. You have to wait around for Morning Dew" from Jerry and Phil says "until morning". The band launches into an amazing Dark Star and from that point on the show just shines. Highly recommended and one of the best shows from 1969. Five stars. (And they DID finally play Morning Dew.)
Reviewer: Matthew Vernon - - April 23, 2008
Subject: No Systemic Issue with The Lovelight
I was able to stream the Lovelight - most likely the previous post was a temporary issue of some sort
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